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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. Avatar Jaybird says:

    If The Boston Tea Party offered me $100 bucks to blog for them, the bribe wouldn’t be the $100.

    I mean, sure. $100 is a day (or maybe a week) changer but it’s not going to make a difference in my life one way or the other.

    But, jeez, the *RUSH* of being asked to blog for Boston Tea? Dude! They think that I, Jaybird, am a good enough writer that they want me to blog? For them???

    Dude, that intangible would get them favorable coverage that one hundred times the money amount wouldn’t get them from a “real” shill.Report

  2. Avatar Will says:

    Holy Jesus we need to get in on this racket.

    I’m also shocked, shocked to discover Riehl is a paid shill.Report

  3. Avatar gregiank says:

    but the real story is whether liberal writers called drudge a dick in a private e-mail. move along, nothing to see here.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to gregiank says:

      @gregiank, for the record, this very story was run by the exact same website that ran the story about liberal writers.

      Mind-blowing, isn’t it?Report

      • Avatar gregiank in reply to Jaybird says:

        @Jaybird, i’m guessing this will generate quite a bit less heat then the previous “issue.” I did notice the Caller ran this. Tucker truly is the bow tie of truth.Report

        • Avatar Jaybird in reply to gregiank says:

          @gregiank, I think that JournOlist generated so much heat because it was, in fact, evidence that there was a bit of collusion and message co-ordination on the part of lefty journalists.

          The bombshell, for me, was Katha Politt talking about dismissing all of Clinton’s bimbos as part of the right-wing conspiracy. Dude, that was *HUGE*.

          This?

          Let’s say that you find out that Joe Citizen With A Blog got a hundred bucks from (candidate) to talk (candidate) up in a post periodically.

          This strikes me as significantly different from folks who, like, get paid to provide unbiased (or, in the case of The Nation and similar, biased) coverage actually coordinating.

          I think that much of this is because society has flipped a switch in its head and we now make distinctions between “the press” and “the citizenry” (seriously, I argued with a friend who works at a newspaper about how there needs to be special legislation protecting the freedom of the press for newspapers… this blew my mind).

          That said, I think that the only thing that needs to be out there is full disclosure. I can reach my own conclusion about (candidate) while reading your post when I see the “I got $10 for writing this” at the bottom.Report

  4. How do I get in on this racket? I don’t make anything off my blog! But I guess I don’t do it for the money, I do it for the love of blogging, and to get my message out, and to cover events the other media doesn’t, and that will warm my heart at night better than a sports car any day, right?Report

  5. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    I think I’m too easy on bloggers. I forgive them for things I’d never forgive a “professional” news source for. For instance, last week I read a blogger who repeatedly made a fairly incendiary claim about a public figure based on a news article said blogger had linked to. Problem was the article said no such thing. Literally, all they had to do was read the article they were linking to! But, of course, I thought, “well, it’s not like they’re professionals or anything”. I think we might be setting the bar too low for bloggers.Report

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